By Bernadette Evans
November is a busy month with some planets going direct and some going retrograde. Venus starts to slowly move forward on Nov. 16; while that same day, in the evening, Mercury stations retrograde. You may have felt things start to slow down at the beginning of the month as Mercury began its pre-retrograde shadow phase on Oct. 28. Mercury will retrograde for approximately three weeks and then will be in its Post-retrograde shadow phase for seven days.
Mercury is the planet of communication, so when the planet of communication goes retrograde there is the potential for miscommunication—emails getting lost, voicemails disappearing and possibly computers crashing. This also isn’t the best time to sign a contract, but life must go on. If you need to sign a document or buy a phone or computer, do so and ask the gods to smile on you and give you a break. Not everything is doom and gloom when Mercury goes retrograde; this is a good time to reorganize your home or office, review how you communicate with others, revise any documents, rethink your connections and revisit what goals you’ve been meaning to accomplish.
This month the New Moon will be in Scorpio on Nov. 7 at 10:02 a.m. The new moon is about setting intentions for the month ahead. When it’s in Scorpio, we need to ask ourselves, what we desire and what we are passionate about. There may be things below the surface that you’ve never admitted to anyone else or possibly even yourself that scare you because of their intensity. Examine these pieces and bring them into the light.
The Full Moon will be in Gemini on Nov. 22 at 11:39 p.m. Full moons are about releasing energies, so what do you want to let go of? With the full moon in Gemini, you may be feeling scattered and not sure of what needs to go. After all, Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, is retrograde and remember when I said this is a great time to review, revisit, rethink and revise?
Jupiter moves into Sagittarius this month where it will stay for 13 months. This is a happy and comfortable placement for Jupiter. We may feel more optimistic and philosophical and seek to improve ourselves by reaching for a far-off goal.
Mars will move into Pisces this month for a brief visit; and while not being overjoyed by this, he knows he’s not staying long, six weeks, and then he can leave. When Mars visits the sign of illusions and visions he can either get lost and be confused. Or, he can come up with some ingenious ideas and weave them into a beautiful tapestry.
Last but not least, Neptune goes direct this month on Nov. 24. The planet of dreams, visions, fantasy, illusions, creativity and sensitivity starts moving forward, slowly. Maybe its time to dust off those dreams you’ve been harboring and get to it.
Astrology is a tool that can guide us by explaining the energies that we’re dealing with on a daily basis. When consciously working with the energy of the planets we can enjoy the easier days as well as prepare ourselves for the more challenging days. Our own chart is a snapshot of the Universe of when and where we were born, our own personal blueprint. It can help us discover our strengths and assist us in understanding more about ourselves and our loved ones. You can check out your chart at astrotheme.com.
The Moon takes about 28 days to complete her orbit through the twelve signs, approximately two and a half days in each sign. When we say the Moon is Void-of-Course, (VoC), it means the Moon makes no more major aspects to other planets until it leaves the sign it’s in. At these times, it can be difficult to get focused and accomplish tasks; you may want to relax, meditate or do something where your focus is directed inward. Don’t try to get a big project off the ground when the moon is void. If you want to find out more about the void of course moon, check out moontracks.com.
Thursday, November 1
With the Jupiter-Chiron trine, we have the chance to release old wounds. When the Moon opposes Mars emotions may run hot; you could tap into this energy and get an innovative project off the ground. The Moon is in Leo today and goes VoC at 11:32 p.m.
Friday, November 2
When the Moon trines Saturn, you are given the opportunity to show off all your skills; maybe that presentation you worked so hard at will get you noticed by your boss. The Moon entered Virgo today at 12:48 a.m.
Saturday, November 3
With the Moon-Pluto trine, your feelings can be more intense, passionate, may even border on obsessive and controlling if you’re not paying attention. Use this sensitive energy to connect with someone in a meaningful and powerful way.
Sunday, November 4
Daylight Savings Time ends today at 1:00 a.m. When the Moons in Libra we feel more balanced when we’re in a relationship. With the Moon-Saturn square, we may be holding ourselves back, keeping our emotions in check. Moon goes VoC at 1:26 a.m. until 3:01 a.m. when it enters Libra.
Monday, November 5
With the Moon-Venus in Libra, what do you hold dear, what do you value? Are you playing nice in your relationships? Everyone wants to feel connected in their relationships, but if you feel you’re sacrificing more than the other you may want to examine this and try to bring more balance into the partnership.
Tuesday, November 6
There is a dreamy feel to the day when the Sun trines Neptune. Open the door to your intuition today; there are so many answers available when we go within and listen. Pay attention to inspirations and synchronicities, let your creative juices start to flow and the Universe will be your playground. Uranus retrogrades into Aries and the Moon is VoC at 2:19 a.m. until 7:02 a.m. when it enters Scorpio.
Wednesday, November 7
The New Moon is at 10:02 a.m. What is your intention for the next month? When the Moon’s in Scorpio emotions run deep. We can use this powerful new moon to heal wounds, heartache and embrace change, so we can move forward in a new direction.
Thursday, November 8
You may be feeling enthusiastic and optimistic; today’s Moon-Jupiter conjunction may have us feeling more generous, friendly and sociable. The Moon goes VoC at 4:42 a.m. and enters Sagittarius at 12:59 p.m.
Friday, November 9
With the Venus-Mars trine, we have the ability to connect easily with others while going after what we want. Its possible to attain our dreams without stepping on anyone in the process.
Saturday, November 10
It’s a fabulous day to get out there and play, hang out with some friends and maybe try a new activity. The day feels hopeful and light when the Moon sextiles Venus and Mars, then trines Uranus later in the day. The Moon is VoC at 9:35 p.m. until 9:55 p.m. when it will enter Capricorn.
Sunday, November 11
You may want to recharge your batteries by spending some quality time with yourself, to be still, meditate, reflect and discover the wisdom of your soul when the Sun sextiles Pluto.
Monday, November 12
When the Moon conjuncts Pluto, you may be feeling sensitive, intense and trying to control the situations around you. What if you take a step back and look at the situation from a different perspective? You may gain some invaluable insights and heal in the process.
Tuesday, November 13
There may be some tension within yourself and what you value. Or, maybe there’s a disagreement with a friend. Either way, when the Moon squares Venus, bringing some balance and harmony into your life by treating others fairly and with respect, will go a long way with helping you achieve a more balanced outlook. The Moon is VoC at 9:13 a.m. until it enters Aquarius at 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday, November 14
When the Moon is in Aquarius we may react erratically and possess a certain eccentric feel. We enjoy thinking out of the box and sharing our ideas with others while still maintaining our individuality and independence from the group.
Thursday, November 15
You may be struggling with wanting autonomy and being detached versus your desire to exert some control or power over others, or a situation when the Moon squares the Sun. The Moon is VoC at 9:58 p.m., then enters Pisces at 10:41 p.m. Mars entered Pisces today where it will remain for approximately six weeks.
Friday, November 16
With the Moon-Mars conjunction, you may feel like you are floating around the Universe and not certain where or even how to concentrate. Focus on honing in on the sensitive, intuitive and creative energies of the day to heal yourself or others. Art or music therapy would be a wonderful use of this energy. Venus goes Direct today; Mercury Retrogrades today.
Saturday, November 17
Bring your dreams to the forefront and use your imagination to make them real. Don’t just dream it, create it with the help of the Mercury-Neptune square.
Sunday, November 18
The Moon in Aries can give us the extra push to accomplish our goals, it feels like someone put some extra gas in our tank. Just remember, be confident and assertive without being aggressive or pushy. Moon went VoC at 2:04 a.m., then entered Aries at 9:56 a.m.
Monday, November 19
You may be feeling antsy and want to move forward on some ideas or projects; just be careful of making any rash decisions or bulldozing over anyone with the Mars-Jupiter square. Be a benevolent leader who acts with wisdom, logic and grace.
Tuesday, November 20
With the Sun-Chiron-True Node forming a grand water trine we may be feeling extra sensitive and emotional, we are asked to dive deep into our waters. What needs to be healed? What can we release? We intuitively know all these answers, it just takes courage to heed the call. Moon goes VoC at 4:46 p.m. until 5:43 p.m. when it enters Taurus.
Wednesday, November 21
When the Moon is in Taurus you have the opportunity to get in touch with your feminine earthy side. Taurus can be quite sensual so try getting in touch with your body, go dancing, do some yoga, have a massage. Giving yourself permission to honor and nurture your physical body will soothe your soul.
Thursday, November 22
It feels like a big day with the Sun entering Sagittarius, not to mention our Full Moon later on tonight, so let’s get to it! Happy Birthday to all born in Sagittarius! And, a Happy Thanksgiving to my American Friends, enjoy that turkey and pumpkin pie! It may feel like a lot is happening but yet nothing is quite connecting. The Moon is void just about the entire day, so its the perfect time to watch the parade or a football game; as for the rest of us who are not enjoying a feast today, look after yourselves and be patient, the energy will get moving by later on tonight. We have our Full Moon in Gemini tonight at 11:38 p.m. Moon goes VoC at 3:59 a.m. until 10:10 p.m. when it enters Gemini.
Friday, November 23
With the energy of the Full Moon still being present, consider what it is that needs to go. Is there an old idea or belief that is keeping you stuck? Have you expressed yourself clearly? When we communicate in a clear and loving way, we’re able to move forward on our journey.
Saturday, November 24
Sometimes when the Moon is in Gemini we can feel scattered because we’re juggling so many balls in the air at once. We have so many choices before us, it can feel like a buffet and we’re not sure which dish to choose. As long as you make a choice and step forward, you’ll be paving the way forward for opportunity, and advancement. Neptune starts its slow movement forward today at 7:08 p.m. Moon goes VoC at 11:31 p.m.
Sunday, November 25
With the Sun-Jupiter conjunction, you could be feeling quite optimistic and generous. You could also be thinking about taking a class at this time. What is it that would feed you right now? The Moon entered Cancer at 12:38 a.m.
Monday, November 26
Mercury squaring Mars may ask you to put your beliefs to the test, where could these beliefs, this leap of faith take you in the world. You never know until you take that first step.
Tuesday, November 27
Can you feel the excitement in the air? The day is ripe with possibilities and potentials with the Sun-Mercury-Jupiter-Moon trine. What inspires you? With all this fire, it’s time to spin your dreams into gold. Moon VoC at 1:22 a.m. until 2:35 a.m. when it enters Leo.
Wednesday, November 28
We may feel confident, generous, full of vitality when the Moon is in Leo. As I’ve already mentioned, all this fire is energizing and inspiring; the caution I would give is to be careful of overdoing, of overextending yourself and becoming drained.
Thursday, November 29
It can be hard to put the brakes on when we’ve been having so much fun socializing and playing. Just be aware that with the Moon-Jupiter square, money can come in quickly but it can vanish just as easily. Moon VoC at 3:47 a.m. until 5:08 a.m. when it enters Virgo.
Friday, November 30
Virgo Moon is so great at organizing because she sees all the details that others just glaze over; and when this Moon trines Pluto, and she has a goal, she is laser-focused and determined. Doing a great job is definitely something to be proud of. Now, it’s Friday, back away from the work and reward yourself for a job well done.
Bernadette Evans is a practicing astrologer, hypnotherapist, counselor and writer. She has studied with many great teachers, including Steven Forrest. She can be contacted at 780-289-7398 or Bbevans001@gmail.com.